Friday, April 16, 2010

Book Review: It - finally finished!!!

I didn't use the book cover as my picture for this post because I like the movie pictures so much better. Hopefully I'll be able to pick up a copy of the movie today so Luke and I can watch while we price items for our yard sale tonight.

Can I just say that Pennywise is now in the running for my all-time favorite villain? I've always loved the character of Iago in Othello and I think my love for Pennywise comes from the same place. The idea of a villain who doesn't have a reason for being evil, wasn't abused as a child, and isn't portrayed with any sympathy can be thrilling. In an epic story like IT, the whole evil for the sake of being evil really works well I think. It certainly builds up the whole battle of good vs. evil in a way that isn't possible with a sympathetic villain.

And I'd also like to add that Stephen King does an amazing job of potraying the epic battle between good and evil. He incorporates so much of the tradition behind the epic, but also manages to keep it fresh and original. All of the literary tradition is present, but the villain spends half the book dressed like a clown! (I have had a thing for creepy clowns ever since Killer Klowns from Outer Space). He also does a great job of wrapping things up. Not that the book just has a tidy, happy ending, but the things that were foreshadowed/hinted at from the beginning are cleared up by the end. In a book as long as IT (my copy was 1138 pgs) it would be easy to just let certain plot points just trail off (as seen in oh I don't know, Lost???) but he does such a good job of keeping it all together and uniting it under one theme.

So here is your chance to reply: what is it in your imagination that goes bump in the night? If you saw Pennywise, what would he look like to you?

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